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This Hour Has 22 Minutes

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is a Canadian television comedy. Begun in 1993, the show focuses on Canadian politics, combining news parody, sketch comedy and satirical editorials. Originally featuring Cathy Jones, Rick Mercer, Greg Thomey and Mary Walsh, the series featured satirical sketches of the weekly news and Canadian political events.

The show is in its eleventh season. Salter Street Films produced the series until the 2003-2004 season. Alliance Atlantis will now produce it.

The show's format is a mock news program, intercut with comic sketches and humorous interviews of public figures. 22 Minutes is broadcast on the CBC Television network Friday nights at 8:30 pm. It is taped before a studio audience in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Table of contents
1 Cast
2 Regular characters and segments
3 Other memorable segments
4 Famous stunts
5 Origin of Name
6 External links
7 Photos from the series

Cast

Guest Anchors

Former members

Regular characters and segments

Other memorable segments

Famous stunts

Oilers vs Canadiens

Shaun Majumder (as "Raj Bhinder,") was sent to report on the 2003 outdoors Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens old timers game, preceding the night's actual NHL regular season game. Raj actually snuck into all the team photos, causing uproar from the event's unwitting organizers in the days after, when the photos were released to the press. (
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Stockwell/Doris petition

Often cited as the show's best joke. The sketch was aired during the federal election campaign in 2000, and consisted of a staged rant by Rick Mercer.

When former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwell Day ran for Prime Minister of Canada, he proposed a mechanism to call for a referendum. A petition on any particular subject which gathered at least 100,000 signatures of voting age citizens, would automatically trigger a national referendum.

Mercer's "rant" asked viewers to log on to the 22 Minutes website, and sign an online petition asking the party leader to change his name to Doris Day (after the singer/actress). Producers claim to have obtained in excess of 1,200,000 online votes. This was cheerfully admitted to be a stunt unhampered by the rigours of an Elections Canada-controlled petition. Although the skit had no effect on Alliance policy, it did obtain international publicity for the show and contributed to the general air of farce surrounding Day's election campaign. (See Video Clip!)

Specials included:

Origin of Name

External links

Photos from the series

For more pictures of the series please visit 22 Minutes Photo Gallery